4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing

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Created by the great Len Wein & Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing was turned into a film by Wes Craven in 1982, revived as a comic the same year, and became the book that put Alan Moore on the map. Then they did a sequel in 1989 that ignored what Moore did in favor of hokiness. The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch slogs through the much with Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing.

An excerpt:

Swamp Thing is much more fun to watch, mainly because for most of the movie, it isn’t really about Alec Holland or Swamp Thing, it’s about Adrienne Barbeau’s Alice Cable, who is awesome. She holds her own and more with the dumbass men around her (who either drool over her or dismiss her), she manages to stay ahead of Arcane for much of the film, and she frees herself from Arcane’s clutches without help.

Which is why it’s so annoying that she is suddenly and unconvincingly turned into the damsel in distress once Swamp Thing kills Ferret and she faints. First of all, the fainting is just ridiculous. She’s seen much scarier stuff just in this movie, including a crapton of dead bodies in the compound after Arcane attacked it. But once she faints, she stops having any agency or action, being captured in a net, tied to a chair, chained to a wall, and stabbed while standing around like an idiot while Arcane and Swamp Thing fight.

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